POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Modern life is deeply attracted to the idea of progress in the 18th century as European societies became ever richer and more technological, the conventional view was that mankind was firmly set on a positive trajectory from savagery and ignorance toward prosperity and civilization. But there was at least one …

Love And Self-Love
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Love And Self-Love

One of the great and slightly strange dangers of falling in love with someone is how we may respond the day they start to love us back. Some of the reasons we fall in love with people is because we long to escape from ourselves into the embrace of a …

The Secrets of Happiness – in 60 Seconds
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The Secrets of Happiness – in 60 Seconds

The secrets of happiness 1. Stop being so hopeful Expect that most things are going to go wrong marriage, job, holidays, kids Look at the glass half empty and then feel grateful Whenever things aren’t quite catastrophic 2. Stop ranting about how awful other people are Most annoying people aren’t …

HISTORY OF IDEAS –  Rituals
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HISTORY OF IDEAS – Rituals

One of the things that most strongly differentiates modern from traditional societies is the business of rituals. Broadly speaking, modern ones have very few of them; Traditional ones have a lot of them. What is a ritual? It’s a periodic invitation by your society, typically by its religion, to come …

Two Minute Meditation
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Two Minute Meditation

So long, since you’ve been at peace. You used to know how to come here… As a child. It’s a place in your head. Focus on the water. It’s a bit of an illness to keep wanting more. This spot isn’t glamorous… …It’s what’s all around, when we focus. This …

Philosophical Meditation
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Philosophical Meditation

Our minds give us trouble. And one of the leading ways people nowadays deal with them, is meditation. Sessions where you quieten thoughts, empty the mind, and focus on just a few things outside of you like, the rustle of leaves, or the flow of water. But, at the School …

POLITICAL THEORY – John Rawls
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POLITICAL THEORY – John Rawls

Many of us feel that our societies are a little – or even plain totally – ‘unfair’. But we have a hard time explaining our sense of injustice to the powers that be in a way that sounds rational and without personal pique or bitterness. That’s why we need John …

The Wisdom of Pessimism
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The Wisdom of Pessimism

This is going to be a very bad film. It will teach you nothing. You’ll wonder at the end where those few minutes of your life have gone. You’ll feel bitter, resentful, and increasingly furious. Now, that’s a tiny example of what pessimism can do for you. It prepares you …

EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – The Buddha
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EASTERN PHILOSOPHY – The Buddha

The story of the Buddha’s life, like all of Buddhism, is a story about confronting suffering. He was born between the sixth and fourth century B.C., the son of a wealthy king in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. It was prophesied that the young Buddha — then called Siddhartha Gautama …

Why Religious Beliefs Aren’t Just Silly
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Why Religious Beliefs Aren’t Just Silly

From a distance, it can all seem very silly. These people have gone to Lourdes, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, in the hope that the Virgin Mary might cure them of cancer and heart disease. These people have gone to Medjugorje in Bosnia Herzegovina to pray they might get …